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COVID-19 Vaccination Information

The information on this page is designed to serve UC San Diego campus employees and students. UC San Diego Health employees should refer to the Pulse Intranet for targeted updates.

UC Vaccination Requirement

The University of California recently approved a policy that requires all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 6, 2021. Compliance with the mandate requires individuals to be fully vaccinated (two weeks after final dose), or have an approved exception or deferral.

The policy allows for medical exceptions consistent with CDC guidance and manufacturer labeling on contraindications and precautions. As with other policies, and, in the case of employees as required by federal and California law, faculty, staff and students will also be eligible to request accommodations based on disability or religious belief, and deferrals are available for those who are pregnant.

Those with approved exceptions, accommodations or deferrals may return to their location with the expectation that they will remain masked in all public settings and comply with the local testing plan. Employees who choose not to be vaccinated—and have no approved exception, accommodation or deferral—potentially put others’ health at risk and may face disciplinary actions.

Employee FAQs: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement (University of California)
Employee FAQs: Vaccination Compliance (UC San Diego)
Student FAQs: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement (University of California)

Vaccination Access

worker preparing vaccine in hypodermic needle

Free COVID-19 vaccines are available at the Price Center East Ballroom COVID-19 Vaccination Site to all UC San Diego students, faculty, staff (including Health) and students enrolled at any University of California campus. Members of the public are not eligible. Appointments are required. We encourage all employees and students to get vaccinated as quickly as possible in order to protect the health and well-being of our campus community and our regional population.

For those who have received their first dose through UC San Diego Health and have not received a scheduling ticket for their second dose within three days, please email

Price Center COVID-19 Vaccination Site

UC San Diego’s RIMAC Vaccination Site has permanently closed. A new COVID-19 Vaccination Site is now open at Price Center East Ballroom by appointment only. The clinic is available to UC San Diego students and employees (including Health) as well as students enrolled at other University of California campuses. Members of the public are not eligible.

What to bring:

  • Photo ID
  • Insurance card(s) if available

Scheduling instructions:

  1. Scheduling instructions:

    1. Please self-schedule dose 1 appointments via the UC San Diego Vaccine Scheduler.
    2. Once logged in, if you have an employee MyChart account or a student MyStudentChart account, please log into your existing account to quickly finish scheduling. Please log in using your Active Directory (AD) login credentials.
    3. If you are new to UC San Diego Health or a student from another campus, please choose “Continue as Guest” and enter all required information.
      • SSN: Enter your SSN or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). If you have neither, enter, “000-00-0000."
      • Insurance: There is no charge to you for the vaccine. Please bring your insurance card(s) to your appointment, if available.
      • MyUCSDChart: You will receive a confirmation email with a MyUCSDChart activation code. Please create a MyUCSDChart account before your appointment.
    4. You will be required to wear a mask for the duration of your visit.
    5. You will be required to wait 15-30 minutes following your vaccination for observation.

Students under 18 years old:

A parent or legal guardian will need to complete the “Consent Form for Minors” to provide their consent in advance. Parental consent is required for all eligible minors to be vaccinated.

Second dose scheduling:

  • Following your 1st dose vaccination, we will automatically schedule your 2nd dose appointment. Second dose appointment location, date and time will show in MyUCSDChart and will be sent as a confirmation email. This 2nd appointment date may change based on vaccine availability.
  • For 2nd dose tickets for those that received dose 1 at RIMAC or other outside vaccine sites:

Alternative Vaccination Options

We are encouraging all eligible individuals to seek the most immediate vaccination opportunity that arrives. Please register on California’s MyTurn website or check the CDC’s VaccineFinder website for more appointment options to meet your needs.

Option 1:

Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider, if offered

You may be contacted by your healthcare provider if you receive health care elsewhere other than UC San Diego Health. We encourage you to set up an appointment and get vaccinated through them if they can vaccinate you sooner.

Option 2:

Schedule an appointment at a San Diego County location

As a UC San Diego employee, you are eligible to obtain a vaccine from the County of San Diego. Appointment information for County vaccination stations.

Option 3:

Schedule an appointment with an affiliated pharmacy

  • San Diego County is partnering with numerous health care providers and organizations at locations across the region. To check for open appointments, go to San Diego County Vaccination Appointments.
  • Many pharmacy chains and supermarket pharmacies are participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination. You can check for open appointments on their websites.

About COVID-19 Vaccines

Three COVID-19 vaccines — from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — are available for adults in the U.S. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are given in two doses, approximately 21 days apart for the Pfizer vaccine and approximately 28 days apart for the Moderna vaccine. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is given in one dose. All three vaccines are extremely effective at preventing severe illness for COVID-19 within a few weeks of receiving the complete dosage, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). UC San Diego Health is currently administering Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. For more details, see UC San Diego Health’s Vaccine FAQs.

Review the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet
Review the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet
Review the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet


After Your Vaccination

man waiting in observation area after vaccination

Employees and students should continue to complete the daily symptom and exposure screener, if physically coming to campus. This should be done to ensure maximum protection for all, including those who have not yet been vaccinated. It is also recommended to activate the state's CA Notify tool on your smartphone to learn about possible exposure.

Students and employees who have been fully vaccinated (two weeks after their final dose of vaccine) are no longer required to complete weekly asymptomatic testing. On-site students and employees who are not fully vaccinated must continue to conduct weekly testing required. Symptomatic testing will remain available as needed for all.

All campus members and visitors should have a mask with them at all times while on campus. Regardless of vaccination status, everyone must mask indoors. This includes shopping, dining, public transportation, exercising, studying indoors at a location that is not your primary residence, attending indoor business meetings and indoor events. Laboratory settings require everyone to be masked and distanced. Outdoor masking requirements vary by vaccination status. Please see the Campus Safety page for full details.